How hard is it to buy an area rug? It shouldn’t be that hard. But, perhaps because you live in the Bay Area, and you’ve been exposed to so many news articles about the dangers of indoor air pollution, VOCs, brominated flame retardants, etc – the search for the perfect rug can start to feel like the search for the pot of gold at the end of the “green” rainbow.
Here are points to help leave your fears behind and make better decisions:
1. Do your “green” due diligence – but don’t make yourself crazy.
Ideally, you want to try to avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs), brominated flame retardants, pesticides, insecticides, and nasty stain repellents – since these chemicals can all degas into the environment and cause potential health problems. But unless you have special sensitivities that you have discovered, don’t make yourself crazy trying to avoid the whole list. Flame retardants, for instance, can keep your Bay Area home or condo safe from fire. That’s a big plus.
2. Read your labels carefully.
Rugs that are glued together may have VOCs and other compounds. Rugs that are sown may be considered “greener.” Check out the certifications and examine the fibers used. “Green” fibers include jute, coir, organic cotton, wool and bamboo. Certifications will tell you whether the rug was made from renewable materials and whether certain potentially fishy chemicals were used or not.
3. Take other steps to ensure a “green” home and safe indoor space.
Some studies suggests that indoor air pollution can be ten times worse than outdoor air pollution. But the sources of pollution can be varied; and if you experience allergies or other sensitivities, it can be difficult to pin the blame on your rug or on any specific cause. In general, make sure that your house has good ventilation and effective air filters. Do regular, complete maintenance – ideally using environmentally friendly cleaners.
For help dealing with your area rug carpet cleaning or maintenance process, look to the experienced, eco friendly professionals at Elegant Carpet Care. Find out more about us at elegant-carpetcare.com, or call us at 650-961-1339 for handy tips and answers to your decorating or home maintenance questions.